Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce (PATH)

PATH logoSubmissions for support from the PATH Grant for the Summer 2024 semester are accepted until June 4, 2024. You may use our PATH Eligibility Survey to submit your request.

Submissions for Fall 2024 will be accepted as of July 1, 2024. Please visit this webpage on or after July 1, 2024, to submit your request.

The Illinois Community College Board awarded Oakton with the Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce grant (PATH) to expand opportunities for students to enter and/or advance their careers in the healthcare industry. Oakton health career students are encouraged to apply to receive assistance with unmet needs on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

What PATH Provides

Eligible students who are enrolled in one of summer 2023 health career programs receive academic support, coaching, and compensation to help cover some basic costs including:
  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and materials
  • Transportation
  • Food

Note: Please be aware that PATH may not cover tuition for certain classes, including prerequisites, unless they are approved within the designated Health Career Programs

  • Housing
  • Childcare/Dependent care
  • Loanable laptop and Wi-Fi hotspots (if funding is available)

Are You Eligible?

Oakton College received the Illinois Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce (PATH) grant to support students who are pursuing select health career pathways. The project focuses on three populations:

  • Incumbent workers who are already in the workforce and looking to continue their education and advance their careers in the nursing or healthcare pathway in Illinois.
  • New, entering students on a nursing or healthcare pathway with an identified need for support.
  • Low-income, first-generation, and minority students as a subset of both of the aforementioned target population categories.


You can use our PATH Eligibility Survey to determine if you meet the minimum eligibility to receive support from the PATH grant.

Take Our PATH Eligibility Survey

Do You Have Questions?

If you want more information or have questions, please use the form below and someone will be in touch.